PARKERSBURG - The state of West Virginia is encouraging residents to celebrate the state's 150th anniversary by taking and contributing photographs of the state for possible publication in a special issue of "Wonderful West Virginia" magazine.
The issue will be published in June 2013, West Virginia's sesquicentennial.
The theme of the issue will be "A Day in the Life of West Virginia." All photos must be taken on the same day, from dawn until twilight on Sept. 15, and within the state borders.
"We're asking photographers, professional and amateur, to head for the hills, the valleys, the rivers, the farms, the small towns, and the cities to capture images that speak eloquently of life in our Mountain State," said "Wonderful West Virginia" publisher Bryan Hoffman. "West Virginia's state parks are good examples of special places to take photos that show off the beauty of nature, but we also want participants to bring us common and unusual scenes, including landscapes, events and people slices of Mountain State life on this one day."
The rules are:
* Photographs must be taken on Sept. 15, 2012, within the state of West Virginia and submitted to "Wonderful West Virginia" no later than Sept. 30, 2012.
* Each contributor may submit up to five photographs from throughout the day.
* Only digital photographs may be accepted (no photographic paper or inkjet prints). Photographs must be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
* Include the email address and telephone number, the precise time of day and place including county where the photograph was taken. If there are any identifiable persons in the photo, please send the namess and a model release, if applicable (contact Bryan Hoffman at DNR if you have questions or need a model release form).
* Photographs for the tribute issue will be selected by the staff of "Wonderful West Virginia" and will be for use only in the June 2013 issue.
* Technical: Photographs must be sent as full-size resolution images with a recommended size of at least an 8-by-10 at 300 ppi.
For additional information, contact Hoffman at 304-558-5546 or Bryan.M.Hoffman@wv.gov